News, notes and observations from the Bay Journal staff.
The Chesapeake Bay isn’t the only major waterway that needs to be on a nutrient diet to trim down excess algae production. An international panel last month called for implementing a phosphorus diet for Lake Erie that would slash the amount of the nutrient reaching the lake by half over the next nine years.
With three more agency heads appointed last week by Governor McAuliffe, Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward has a working team in place to address environmental issues in Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay.
There is precedent for states suing other states and the federal government over environmental issues. But in this case, the 21 attorneys general are asking a judge to NOT force the EPA to protect the environment. They don’t want us to clean up the Chesapeake. To me, that’s the difference. I wish I’d remembered to articulate that, but the hour goes by so fast.
Tips from veteran Chesapeake Bay photographer Dave Harp about how to capture the perfect images from your outdoor travels.
Photographers go to great lengths to make order out of chaos. A good photograph has a strong point of view, clean lines, generally good composition. In this case chaos IS the point. Anyone who has ever witnessed a flock of snow geese erupt into flight knows that the sight and sounds of those birds says chaos to the extreme. This flock was photographed with a 200mm lens, 2x tele extender, Olympus E-5 camera, 1250/sec. @ f5.6. ISO 200. The scene was made at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge just after sunrise, thin cloud cover.
It was a very cold pre dawn January morning along the Choptank River. Out to capture some winter scenes (since we didn't really have winter last year). I found this ice encrusted plant and made a photo in the early morning light. Wanting more drama in the photo I waited until the rising sun barely kissed it and made another exposure. Sometimes is pays to wait for the light.Both photographs were made with an Olympus E-5, 12-60mm lens at 21mm.
I had been out most of the day photographing a pair of seaside Virginia oystermen in Kegotank Bay, near Gargatha Inlet and was generally pleased with the day's work. The two watermen had been picking up clumps of oysters, breaking them apart with culling hammers and saving the prime ones in wire baskets. Having finished the last few photos of them off loading the oysters, I began to pack up my camera and audio gear when I caught another oyster picker out of the corner of my eye. He was celebrating a 4 bushel day (at $50 per bushel) with a Colt 45. His wonderful demeanor, working man's wardrobe and the nice late afternoon light made for a great combination.